Louis Dupré (painter)

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Dupré's 1821 self-portrait, depicting himself in Istanbul, in the act of making a drawing of the environment while wearing a curved Turkish sword.

Louis Dupré (Versailles 9 January 1789 – 12 October 1837 Paris) was a French painter, especially noted for his travels in Greece and the Ottoman Empire and his numerous paintings with Orientalist and Philhellene themes.

He often traveled and changed his work location, including Paris, Kassel (1811–1814), Naples (1814–1816), Rome (1816–1819, 1824–1831), Naples (1819–1820), Istanbul (c. 1820), Greece (c. 1820), Paris (1820–1837), and Vienna (1820–1824).

His visit to Greece was on the very eve of the Greek War of Independence.


Dupré's depiction of Greek rebels hoisting the flag at Salona, a scene from the early stages of the Greek War of Independence, clearly indicates the painter's Philhellene sympathies.


Elisabeth A. Fraser, "Skin of Nation, Body of Empire: Louis Dupré in Ottoman Greece," in Mediterranean Encounters: Artists Between Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1774-1839, Penn State University Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-271-07320-0